Natural Herbals That Promote Hair Growth

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Natural Herbals That Promote Hair Growth
Certain herbs can strenthen and repair, helping it to grow. (Hair stylist image by Nina Hergarten from

Hair loss can affect men and women for reasons including illness or disease, stress, poor diet, or excessive use of chemically based products on the hair. Once you determine the cause of your hair loss or thinning, you should consult with your doctor to select natural herbs that promote hair growth without negative side effects. Natural herbals can be used topically and/or internally.

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is a tree that provides a natural herb that promotes hair growth by stimulating and rejuvenating hair follicles. It reportedly increases blood flow to your scalp. The main use for taking this natural herb is to increase blood circulation throughout your body. By increasing the circulation to your scalp, it will receive more oxygen and nutrients such as vitamins A and E, which help restore and repair your hair follicles. The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba are toxic and cannot be eaten directly, so you must ingest it in standardised extracts in tablets and capsules. The leaves can be dried and the extracts can used in tea form as well.


Horsetail is a perennial plant with thin, branchlike stems resembling a horse's tail and is used to promote hair growth. The extract can be used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair follicles and to remedy other hair and scalp issues such as dandruff, psoriasis and eczema. Wash your hair with this herb by adding 2 to 4 tsp of dried horsetail to a cup of boiled water while it is still hot. After letting the horsetail extract steep in the water for 20 minutes and cool, you can rinse it through your hair and let it set for 20 minutes before rinsing it out. You may also sip horsetail in tea form.


Bay oil, extracted from the leaves of bay trees, not only promotes hair growth, it also restores your hair and gives it a natural shine. You must mix it with another oil such as sesame or almond. Due to its concentration, bay oil cannot be used directly on hair or scalp. Rather, mix six drops of bay oil and lavender oil in 118ml. of sesame or almond oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp, let it set for 20 minutes, and then wash your hair with your regular shampoo after adding three drops of the bay oil to it. Using this natural herb also helps to control and eliminate dandruff.

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